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Hi I'm Stanford

I am 68 years old, have been a dentist for 39 years, a grandfather of 12 (so far), an avid baseball (D-back) fan and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born the 11th of 13 children 68 years ago to my school teacher mother. My father was the principal. He later taught full time in high school until he was about 75 and substituted until age 84. He and my mother were exceptional teachers and instilled in me and my siblings a love for learning and a desire to help others. I believe I had a normal loving childhood. I attended the university for one year after which I served a church mission in Denmark and the Faeroe Islands for two and a half years. Upon my return I attended a different university for three years, got married, and left for dental school. While in dental school our son was born. Upon graduation (1972) I served for two years in the Army in Colorado. We then moved to Arizona, were blessed with three daughters, and I have been practicing dentistry ever since. Our three oldest children live on our same street and all 12 grandchildren are within walking distance. What a blessing!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about sixteen years old I began to realize that just because I was born into the church and had attended all my life, that didn’t make it right. I have always had a questioning mind and at that time I seriously questioned my church membership. For all I knew Joseph Smith could have made it all up. However, at that same time I was studying Arabic in high school. I had two years of the Arabic language and realized that the Book of Mormon, which was translated from a Semitic language, contained hundreds of things which Joseph Smith could not possibly have known in 1829. Later, after my mission, my university Arabic professor who translated the Book of Mormon as he says “back into Arabic” described it as one of the most beautiful Semitic texts he had ever seen. He was not a member of the church when he started but was baptized before he finished. Anyway, in high school I realized that if Joseph Smith couldn’t have fabricated the book, then perhaps he got it (the golden plates) from an angel as he had testified. I also knew that 11 others had seen the plates and three of them had seen the angel. In addition, I knew that those three had all been excommunicated from the church and yet never denied what they had seen. I, therefore, read the Book of Mormon carefully and earnestly prayed to my Heavenly Father about its truthfulness. I received a witness from the Holy Spirit that the book is indeed the word of God and is also another testament of our Savior, Jesus Christ. That was 50 years ago and since then I have had many spiritual witnesses that all that I have been taught from my youth is true. I am especially grateful for living prophets, in our day, who speak for our Heavenly Father,

How I live my faith

From the time of my mission in Denmark I have had the opportunity and blessing of serving in the church. I served with the very little ones in the church nursery, and in various other church positions the most challenging and rewarding of which was bishop. I now work with the older men in our congregation and before too long I expect to serve another mission with my sweetheart of 46 years. Besides my church service and profession, I have tried to be a good example to those around me, especially my wife, my children and their spouses and my grandchildren. I never stay home from church and I try my best to follow the counsel of our living prophets. Sometimes I fall short but that is what repentance and the atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ is all about.